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Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

We took a friend from the dark side sailing Saturday. He just got a new (used) powerboat and is getting it in shape like he wants it. We felt he needed a break. His parents are sailors, but somehow he slipped to the dark side. He is also career Air Force. Missed on two counts. Somehow the Navy missed a good man. Oh well, a good friend anyway. Put him on the primary winch and left in a dieing northern breeze. Did not take long for the sea breeze to fill in from the SW with a vengeance. It was great for reaching across Pensacola Bay. By 3 PM I was rolling a reef into the main. By 4 I pulled in the Genny. Still running over 7 knots. Hull speed is about 8 knots. Fast enough and reduced sail keep the healing angle at a tolerable level the “Lady of the Boat”. Also our guest was talking about how much work it was to sail. Got back for late cocktails and a nice dinner. The wind blew enough to keep the bugs away while we ate in the cockpit.

Race weekend. Homestead here we come.



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